Azoteq’s vision is to be on the forefront of novel sensing solutions and LED drivers that enhance everyday products.


To add new capabilities that allow our customers to differentiate their products. To deliver the highest quality products on time. To always exceed customer expectations.


Azoteq is a fabless semiconductor company founded by Dr. Frederick Bruwer in 1998. The company initially developed the LightSense™ range of products that enabled intelligent control for LED flashlights and headlamps. In 2004 the company added a second product line to address on the emerging touch and proximity markets. 2013 saw the release of Azoteq’s third product line. The PowerSense™ product line includes a range of AC LED lighting solutions. The ProxFusion® product line is Azoteq’s latest addition and is the world’s first multi-sensor, single chip solution.



Dr. Frederick Bruwer founded Azoteq in 1998 with a visionary strategy to develop affordable intelligent switches on silicon. Since 2004 the company has expanded on this successful business to also focus on the emerging market for next generation user interfaces utilizing capacitive proximity and touch sensing solutions. He holds 39 patents in this field.

Previously Dr. Bruwer founded Nanoteq, which developed the Keeloq technology for remote keyless entry (RKE). Keeloq became the world standard for RKE and Nanoteq was sold to Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) in 1995 where he was appointed VP for the Secure Data Products division.

Dr. Bruwer holds Bachelors, Masters (Cum Laude) and Doctors degrees from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Pieter Pretorius joined Azoteq in 2004 from Nanoteq where he was a Divisional Manager – Security Solutions. During the period 1999 until 2001 Mr. Pretorius played a key role in the establishment of a European presence for Nanoteq’s Security Solutions as the VP for Security Solutions at Comparex Security Solutions in Germany. He is currently the Chief Operations Officer at Azoteq.

Prior to this Mr. Pretorius was also part of the original Keeloq development team at Nanoteq. In 1995 he became Nanoteq’sManager for Security Services with focus on providing IT Security Solutions into the commercial market.
Mr. Pretorius holds a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree (Cum Laude) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria.

Jean Viljoen joined Azoteq in 2000 as a DSP Application Engineer. Mr. Viljoen was one of the key architects who created the ProxSense product line in 2004 and has been involved with the product line ever since. In 2005 Mr. Viljoen moved into a marketing role and also took on responsibility for the application group at the Paarl Development Centre. Since 2010 Mr. Viljoen has been responsible for worldwide marketing and business development activities of the 2 sensor families of products. Mr. Viljoen leads Azoteq’s worldwide expansion by establishing sales and distribution channels in all key markets.

Mr. Viljoen holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Jaco Voges joined Azoteq in 2019 from Business Systems Group (Africa) where he was the Head of Operations and responsible for Finance, Legal & Risk and Facilities. He is responsible for Financial, Secretarial and Facilities at Azoteq, as well as support on commercial, legal and risk aspects. His track record in Financial reporting, Functional management and Commercial understanding is utilized to support Azoteq’s drive to scale the business and create internal process efficiencies.

Mr. Voges holds an honors degree in Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch and is a registered CA(SA).


Reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS and RoHS2)

Azoteq products do not contain substances listed by RoHS Directive (EU) 2015/863 amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU in concentrations above the specified limits in the homogeneous materials used by the product. Azoteq makes use of declarations form manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that the product delivered to customers are in compliance to the above. In some instances Azoteq may have material data or test reports to confirm compliance. These third party test reports are however only available for selected products.

REACH Compliance

Azoteq is aware of and agrees with the purpose of REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006). The components and products sold by Azoteq do not contain substances on the applicable SVHC candidate list in concentrations greater than 0.1% by weight per component.

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